It’s the late show, from City Hall!
A portal offering proactive public access to NYC government records has been inundated with belated notifications berating agencies for failing to file reports on crime statistics, infectious disease updates and notifications of multimillion-dollar project cost jumps, the experienced mail.
The 762 late filings filed so far in 2022 are more than double the late filings for the same period in 2021, a spike the Department of Records has attributed to a “system error.”
The results are “disturbing” and do a “huge disservice” that left the public “in the dark,” said Paul Wolf, president of the New York Coalition for Open Government.
Late filings account for a staggering 29% of all Department of Records filings in 2022. In 2020, his 632 late notices accounted for 15% of all filings. The Agency filed 374 late notifications in the first half of 2021, accounting for only 12% of the total submissions for that period, and submitted only two more late notifications in the second half of 2021.
“Ensuring that government reports are available and accessible in one central location is a core component of a modern democracy,” said Noel Hidalgo, executive director of government accountability for nonprofit Beta NYC, adding that public reports are “a critical component to understanding.” ‘ of the actions the government is taking in the face of the ‘many crises’ New Yorkers are facing.
The latest culprits this year are the Department of Homeless Services with 104 late notifications; the New York Police Department with 52 late notifications; and the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications with 48 late notifications, city records show.
The mayor’s office – which created a new Office of Justice in May – has received 10 late communications so far this year, including five quarterly reports on the agency’s “efforts to create a fair and effective equal opportunity employment.”
The Department of Construction has been late in filing 13 reports of construction incidents involving injury or death, providing vital information about building safety across the city.
Neither agency responded to requests for comment.
A Department of Records spokesman attributed the 2022 spike to a “system error” that failed to upload some late releases filed in 2021 by January 2022.
After The Post asked about the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ 101 late notices for 2022, all but 12 disappeared from the portal.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/02/nyc-govt-agencies-late-to-file-762-public-reports-in-2022/ NYC government agencies are delayed to file 762 public reports in 2022